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I've just released pyRouterJig version 0.7.5. To download, go to

pyRouterJig Home Page

Skimming the documentation will give you a brief overview of the capabilities:

pyRouterJig Documentation

There's been a lot of changes since the last version that I announced (0.5.0). The major changes are

* Added Double and Double-Double joints. Each can be their own thickness and default to 1/8". See examples below.
* Added labels and cuts on each board, mirroring what's on the template. This is similar to how the Incra templates are presented.
* "Save" and "Screenshot" PNG files can be opened later in pyRouterJig for further editing. The file contains the joint information, embedded in the file.
* The first time pyRouterJig is run, the configuration file .pyrouterjig is created in the user's home directory. It contains options that can be changed by the user. For example, if you set "metric = True" in the file, pyRouterJig starts in metric mode. See the file for all of the options available, including "metric".
* Added "Caul Template" in View menu. This creates an Incra template that can be used to make clamping cauls for the particular joint.
* Added full-screen mode toggle in View menu.
* Wood images are now read from the folder "wood_images" in the user's home directory, if it exists (this location may be changed in the configuration file). Wood images are no longer within the pyrouterjig executable; this greatly decreases the executable size. See the documentation for a zip file that contains wood images that you can download.
* Wood images are now selected in the "combo-boxes" in the lower-left of the screen. This is also how Double and Double-Double joints are activated. The images also appear much better now (less pixelation).
* Numerous other enhancements and bug fixes.

Special thanks to Phil ("PhilBa") for lots of suggestions and LOTS of bug finding
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Thanks for creating this fantastic app, Rob.

My wife is heading to Mexico for a week and it's warmed up a bit here so I will have lots of shop time and will post some examples soon. But, here is the template that started us down the road to editing which is an incredible feature of pyRouterJig. You can see one finger is 4 increments wider (1/8") to allow for the kerf width when cutting the top off of the box on the table saw. When it's done, all the fingers will be the same size. Lots more interesting templates to come - imagination is the only real limiter here.
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Hey Rob, thank you!! This looks awesome, and I'd love to try it. When I click on the windows download button on the homepage it takes me a page with a 404 and says this is not the page you are looking for? There is a box at the top for a username and password. Do I need to register or am I doing something wrong? Sorry never mind all I needed to do was follow directions. When I double clicked it started running. Thanks again!!!

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Sorry Mike, I had the links wrong and fixed it a few minutes ago after Phil pointed it out.
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Please Rob, No apologies!!! All I had to do was follow directions. I got it by the way, AWESOME!!! Thank you!!
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Phil pointed out the lack of an alignment line, such as a centerline. I had a centerline in an earlier version...I'll get that back in, soon.
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Version 0.7.6 put the centerlines back in, either by noting which cut is centered, or by actually drawing a centerline on each template. In addition, an alignment line was added to each template, using an easy method that Phil came up with. You can either align the templates using the centerline (described in the INCRA manual), or using the ALIGN line. The ALIGN line is located 1/2 bit_width outside the board right edge, so align the bit flush with the fence, then move the template to be aligned with ALIGN. See the figure below, which shows the new notation.

As usual, go the link below to download the new version:

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Sorry, I must have uploaded 0.7.6 incorrectly to the website...try again, and I made another tweak, to create 0.7.7

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Well, I've been busy in the shop. Unfortunately I spent 2 days installing a new heater so I didn't freeze my ax off. Well it only took a day to install it (including drilling holes in concrete, my least favorite activity) but it took another day getting it to work - the first one failed immediately. Another day was wasted, er, happily spent, on cleaning and reorganizing the shop (and I am far from done). But today I got to do fun stuff - working on a project for a tutorial.

This is just a quick teaser because I'm not done yet.

I needed a box to hold a dremel and various accessories so I'll use that to show how to use pyRouterJig to make a box with a custom template on an Incra LS. Here's the template file that I created and a picture of the results (not yet glued up). I'm happy to say it worked really well. When I finish it, the tutorial will take you through all the steps.
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Very nice, Phil!
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